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About Depot Sound

Depot Sound offers friendly, professional, and affordable studios for musicians, authors and artists of all genres. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned touring musician or band, an author or a podcaster our talented team of experienced producers can take your project to the next level.

Our two studio spaces are set up for high quality multi-track recording, ideal for producing broadcast quality band recordings, podcasts, audiobooks, and mixing audio for video. The control rooms are spacious and comfortable with enough room for bands or production companies who want to be part of the recording or mix session.

Over the years Depot Sound has evolved to become a one stop shop for music recording and audio postproduction. Situated in picturesque Te Hau Kapua – Devonport near to the waterfront, we’re easily accessible by car or ferry from central Auckland.

Book Your Session

For any queries about Depot Sound Recording Studio, you can Email Us with an enquiry or call on on (021) 685 070 – Please note: email is preferred as we are often in session.

Portrait of Noah Page, studio manager and audio engineer at Depot Sound recording studio.

Noah Page

Studio Manager / Audio Engineer

With roots in guitar grunge and burgeoning pop tendencies, Noah has applied his insatiable musical obsessions to become one of the most in-demand producer/engineers on the Auckland scene.

A master of technical research, Noah’s practical experience was honed through 10 years of recording experimentation in his home studio. Noah then went public with the release of his band Universal Authors’ EP Error 404. From there he was selected by the NZ Music Commission for an internship alongside industry legend Neil Baldock at Depot Sound, an experience that changed everything. He’s been working at Depot Sound for over 18 months now, and has stepped up to a senior role in 2022.

Noah has a passion for drums, as well as playing keys, guitar and bass. He brings genuine excitement and focussed energy to his recording, a process that puts the musician at the centre. Drop him an email to book your session.

Alex Twidle

Depot Sound Programme Lead

Alex serves as the Depot Sound Programme Lead, where he engages in enabling music community events and workshops, alongside his Audio Engineering and Music Production. With his extensive experience in the Audio and Music Industries, he is committed to nurturing the studio and fostering the growth and success of creative individuals within the community.

Alex has collaborated and engineered alongside some of the industry’s foremost professionals. Having garnered experience in esteemed recording studios and recently delving into TV Audio and Music, Alex has now returned to Depot Sound to elevate its projects and support its thriving community. Alex also dives into photography, enjoys going to music gigs (even if it occasionally takes a toll on his ears), fails to drink less than 5 coffees a day, and loves producing Alt/Indie & Folk music.

Studio One

Open and luxurious, Studio One is the perfect space for multitrack recording, with a large window into the live room and seating up to 8. Featuring 24 channels of Apogee conversion, Studio One can comfortably record full bands, live drum kits, and other assorted musical ensembles in the adjacent live room. Studio One also has access (upon request) to the vocal booth, where you might like to isolate acoustic instruments and/or loud guitar amps, and record the upright piano in Studio Two.

Equipment

  • 2017 iMac 27” i7 4.2Ghz, 32GB Ram
  • Samsung 27” TV
  • Apogee Symphony I/O MkII
  • Pro Tools 2023 + Logic Pro X
  • Waves, Auto-tune, Avid Complete, Melodyne
  • Dynaudio BM15a monitors
  • Yamaha NS10s, Perreaux Amplification
  • Hearback Personal Monitoring System
  • Allen and Heath GSR-24m console
  • Phoenix Audio DRS-8 preamp
  • Focusrite ISA 428 preamp
  • Warm Audio WA-73EQ Neve-Style Preamp/EQ
  • Buzz Audio Ma2.2 Mk1 Transformerless Boutique Mic Pre
  • Black Lion Audio Seventeen (1176 style compressor)
  • 2x Lindell Audio 7x-500 FET compressors

Instruments

  • 1969 Hayman Vibrasonic Drum Kit (12×8, 13×9, 14×14, 20×13)
  • Vox AC30C2
  • Fender Made In Japan Traditional 60’s Stratocaster
  • Fender Made In Japan Hybrid II Precision Bass
  • Martin Road Series 000 Acoustic Guitar

Studio Two

Studio Two is a much more intimate, focused experience, targeted more towards songwriting, production, and overdub work. With direct access to the vocal booth, Studio Two is the perfect space for recording vocals, acoustic guitars, and adding production elements. However, Studio Two’s patchbay also has 20 channels through to the live room, so is fully capable of recording a full drum kit.

Equipment

  • 2020 Mac Mini M1
  • Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • Antelope Audio Orion 32
  • Pro Tools 2023 + Logic Pro X
  • UAD Native, Waves Mercury Bundle, Avid Complete, selected Plugin Alliance and Soundtoys effects, Melodyne
  • Mordaunt Short, JBL monitoring
  • Perreaux and Cambridge amplification
  • Behringer P16 Personal Monitoring System
  • Vintage Ramsa WR-T820b console
  • 2x Neve 1073lb Discrete Mic Preamps
  • Drawmer 1968 2ch tube preamp + compressor
  • Roland JV-1080 Sampler
  • Roland SE-02 Monophonic Synthesizer
  • Casio SK-1 Sampler
  • Tascam 34b Tape Machine
  • Arturia Keylab 88 Essential
  • Vintage Cremona upright piano

Microphones

  • AKG C12 Clone x2 (Modified Apex 460b Valve Condensers, CK12 Capsule)
  • Vanguard V13 Valve Condenser Microphone
  • Stereo Matched pair of Beesneez Lulu FET Condenser Microphone (KM84 Style)
  • Apex 185 Matched Pair Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones (Schoeps Style)
  • BadAax T50b Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Warm Audio WA-47Jr FET Condenser Microphone
  • Rode NT2000
  • 2x Audio Technica AT2020

 

  • AKG D112
  • 2x Audix i5 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • 3x Sennheiser e605
  • Shure SM57
  • Shure SM58
  • Shure Beta 58
  • Shure Beta 56
  • Subkick

Miscellaneous

  • Yorkville YXL-10p Powered Loudspeaker (x4)
  • Yorkville VGM14 Mixer
  • Tascam DR-40 Portable Recorder
  • Radial J48 Active DI Box
  • Radial JDI Stereo Passive DI

DEPOT Sound offers the following services:

Music Recording

Whether you’re an up and coming singer songwriter, an indie band, or a jazz trio, DEPOT Sound is here to record your music. With a spacious live room featuring great line-of-sight into the adjacent isolation booth, and a collection of vintage and modern instruments at your disposal, we are more than prepared to bring your musical vision to life. Please enquire with our in-house engineers to begin your project with us.

Mixing

At DEPOT Sound, we possess the expertise to transform your raw tracks into a polished, cohesive, and radio-ready stereo mix. Join our in-house engineers to witness your track’s vision come to life.

Click here for our all-important Mixing Checklist.

Audiobooks

Record your audiobook in comfort at DEPOT Sound, with high quality studio recording and professional editing, proofing, and voiceover services available. We can assist you from simply recording or editing to a full turn-key audiobook production.

Podcasts

DEPOT Sound, with its expansive multi-room studio setup, is ready to accommodate all your podcast needs, from solo monologues to co-hosted shows and discussion panels. Let our highly skilled in-house engineers handle your podcast’s technical requirements, allowing you to concentrate on delivering your message.

Post-Production

Our accessible mixing services cover stereo and 2.1 audio in video production, coupled with expertise in dialogue editing, ADR integration, and comprehensive audio repairs. We ensure a seamless and immersive sound experience, providing a one-stop solution for your diverse audio needs in visual storytelling.

Audio Repair

DEPOT Sound has the capability to transfer and preserve your old cassettes, ¼” tapes, and CDs, as well as use the range of tools available to us to clean noisy dialogue recordings and other audio files. Please enquire below to see how we can help you.

Our Work

Our Programmes

Toi Toi Manawa

Toi Toi Manawa is a collaborative industry development program that aims to empower emerging musicians in New Zealand. It is a six-week initiative delivered by Awhi Creative in partnership with DEPOT Sound, supported by New Zealand Music Commission led and facilitated by Taisha Tari. The programme provides hands-on workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities. The program focuses on developing participants’ skills, confidence, and business acumen while infusing Te Ao Maori cultural elements. Its ultimate goal is to equip the next generation of musicians with practical abilities and a sustainable career path in the music industry.

Audiobooks

Depot Sound is the North Shore’s premier recording studio facility, offering authors and publishers a range of high-quality affordable services and resources for audiobook production. Depot Sound recently recorded Willy De Wit’s Drink, Smoke, Snort, Stroke audiobook, read by David Downs and Willy himself.

We are proud to offer a wide array of high-quality audiobook services, from basic recording or editing all the way through to turn-key productions featuring professional voice-over artists, suitable for both local and international productions. Our clientele spans from emerging authors to seasoned professionals, corporate customers, and individuals initiating their own projects. With our recording and post-production services, we handle the project from recording and editing to mixing and mastering to ensure the final product meets technical requirements and sounds polished.

Each project will be quoted according to the needs of the project but we pride ourselves on delivering affordable quality services.

Depot Live

Depot Live aims to create a safe and welcoming environment for emerging and established artists to perform live in an intimate studio setting or the large gallery space. Performances and events can be recorded and filmed through Depot Sound, allowing for wider reach and connection while also engaging directly and more intimately with local audiences. We welcome proposals from artists across all disciplines and are open to working collaboratively with creatives to see how we can best support their artistic endeavours.

Women About Sound

Women About Sound, founded and coordinated by Jess Haugh, is a New Zealand initiative supporting women and gender-diverse individuals in honing their songwriting skills and gaining performance experience. It aims to empower these artists and contribute to a flourishing music industry while serving as a safe and inclusive space.

The project offers mentorship, workshops and events, building a support network and creating opportunities for female and non-binary musicians to record and develop their own music.

Banner image for DEPOT Sound's North Shore Schools Songwriting Competition 2023, as part of NZ Music Month 2023.

North Shore Schools Songwriting Competition

The Depot Sound North Shore Schools Songwriting Competition, presented in association with NZ Music Month has become an invaluable opportunity for young musicians and songwriters in the local community.

Divided into two divisions for intermediate and high-school age participants, the competition offers a chance to win recording time at Depot Sound recording studio. Renowned industry legends serve as judges and mentors, providing valuable feedback and expertise. The competition’s focus is on creating opportunities for emerging musicians to develop skills, industry knowledge, and confidence in a professional music production environment, addressing the cost barrier often faced by young creatives. The competition also fosters networking and relationship-building opportunities for entrants through events and interactions with the Depot Sound staff.

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